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Angela Meade as Elvira and Marcello Giordani in the title role of Verdi's Ernani
Photograph: Marty SohlErnani

The Metropolitan Opera streams a new lineup of free operas every night this week

The new Met slate includes classics by Puccini, Berlioz and Bellini

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman

The Metropolitan Opera is offering its 11th straight week of Nightly Met Opera Streams: whole productions shared every night for the benefit of viewers at home, mostly drawn from the popular Met series Live in HD. The slate of free operas for May 25 through May 31 includes classics by Puccini, Bellini, Berlioz, Donizetti, Verdi and Richard Strauss. (Click here to see the Met's schedule for October 12 through October 18.)

The performances are streamed each night on the Met's website at 7:30pm EDT (12:30am BST), and can also be seen with the Met Opera on Demand app. Each opera stays viewable for 23 hours, until 6:30pm EDT the following day. The full schedule for Week 11 is below.

The Wednesday selection dates from before the HD era: a 1980 broadcast of Puccini's Manon Lescaut, with opera superstars Renata Scotto and Plácido Domingo. The Friday offering, chosen by viewers, is Bellini's La Sonnambula, with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Also on the lineup are two works by the 19th century Romantic composer Hector Berlioz: Robert Lepage's eye-popping multimedia production of La Damnation de Faust, and the ancient Greek epic Les TroyensTo help you decide which of these works might appeal to you most, the Met offers a helpful thumbnail guide along with more in-depth articles and podcasts.

This week's Metropolitan Opera Live in HD schedule: 

Monday, May 25: Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust
Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and John Relyea

Tuesday, May 26: Verdi’s Ernani
Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto

Wednesday, May 27: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo and Pablo Elvira

Thursday, May 28: Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel and Dwayne Croft

Friday, May 29: Bellini's La Sonnambula
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez

Saturday, May 30: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

Sunday, May 31: R. Strauss’s Salome
Starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser and Juha Uusitalo 

RECOMMENDED: Our daily round-up of the best theater, opera and dance to stream online

La Damnation de Faust | Photograph: Ken Howard

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